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Matt Carpenter, Mark Hamilton recalled from Memphis

The Cardinals will add a pair of position players to the roster just in time for their weekend tilt with the Cubs.

Matt Carpenter -- who impressed with his bat if not his glove during spring training -- will make his major league debut whilt first baseman and pinch hitter Mark Hamilton will come back for a second stint with the parent club.

Carpenter hit .333 in 51 Grapefruit League games before being sent out to Class AAA. Since arriving in Memphis he's batted .283 with eight doubles, two triples and a pair of homers. He's also sporting a .421 on base percentage. A third baseman, Carpenter will give the Birds some relief in the absence of David Freese. Albert Pujols has filled in a few times at the hot corner to give Daniel Descalso a break. And last night the team played rookie catcher Tony Cruz there.

Hamiton hit .250 in 15 at bats during his first stint with the Cardinals last month.

Shortstop Peter Kozma will be returned to Class AAA along with an as yet un-named pitcher to make room for Carpenter and Hamilton. I'd guess Maikel Cleto, who showed Thursday that he could use quite a bit more polishing in the bush leagues, would be the odd man out. But after the Birds sent out Mitchell Boggs it's any guess about what roster move they'll make next.

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